Facing an eviction, Sydney arrived at Atlanta Children’s Shelter with his two-year-old son,

Corvell, in his arms. Living in a nearby shelter, Sydney needed a school for Corvell, who he

describes as his “everything… my baby.”  

Sydney’s sole focus and motivation is taking care of his son. With ACS’s support, he secured a

new job, but continued to work for a brighter future for himself and Corvell. His

determination led to him earning a Forklift Certification, landing a well-paying position in a

supply chain company, and transitioning from a shelter to a rented room while he and

Corvell search for the permanent housing that’s right for them. As Sydney has worked with

our Family Services team to build a strong career path and secure housing, Corvell has

worked incredibly hard in his Toddler 2 class, taking remarkable strides towards his

developmental milestones.  

As a witness to the journey of both father and son, Corvell’s teacher, Ms. Tameela, remarked,  

“I have had the pleasure of working with Sydney and his son, Corvell. Sydney is a very quiet

man. But when it comes down to his son, Corvell, he opens up… I have watched Sydney go from

not knowing the direction to go in to going in the right direction. We often chat in the morning,

and it’s always a pleasure speaking with him. I’m grateful to be part of Sydney and Corvell’s

village. Sydney’s motivation is Corvell. When I came to ACS a year ago and met Corvell,

he wasn’t talking, but now he has flourished: using long sentences, going to the bathroom

[independently], giving hugs, and saying, ‘See you tomorrow!’ as he leaves in the

evening. It truly is an inspiration to see the progress in both dad and son.” 

When you support Atlanta Children’s Shelter, you empower parents like Sydney and kiddos

like Corvell. Together with our families, our staff, and our supporters, we create

transformative opportunities—for change, progress, and a brighter future for all. Join us by

donating today!